Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver optimistic about F1 future, ‘with a lot left in the tank’ after 300th race

Lewis Hamilton’s current contract expires at the end of 2023 but he says he is enjoying F1 “more than ever” after his 300th race; Hamilton finished second at the French Grand Prix, his best result of the season

Last updated: 25/07/22 5:59 am


Lewis Hamilton said after his 300th Formula One race that he felt he had “plenty of fuel in the tank” and welcomed talks with Mercedes about his future.

Hamilton, 37, became the sixth driver in the sport’s history to reach a triple century by competing in the French Grand Prix, and although his current contract expires in 2023, the prospect of an extension was the talk of the weekend.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff backed up that narrative on Saturday, smiling as he spoke to reporters, he said: “A few weeks ago we talked about how long our partnership could last and the number that was discussed was five to 10 years , so I think we can get to 400 [races]!”

“Someone once said you shouldn’t just win the eighth Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver bullish on F1 future, ‘with plenty left in the tank’ after 300th raceso why not 10?” Wolff added with a laugh.

Asked about that 400 mark after Sunday’s race, where he finished second, Hamilton replied: “That’s a lot of races!”

Lewis Hamilton praised the Mercedes team for an

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Lewis Hamilton praised the Mercedes team for an “amazing result” after finishing second ahead of George Russell in third.

Lewis Hamilton praised the Mercedes team for an “amazing result” after finishing second ahead of George Russell in third.

But Hamilton, who has previously said he does not want to continue racing into his 40s, has also hinted he is ready to keep racing.

“First I want to be thankful that I got to this point,” he said. “I’m still fresh and I still feel like I have a lot of fuel in the tank.

“Of course I want to get back to winning ways and it will take time. I’m sure we’ll sit down at some stage and talk about the future.”

Hamilton continued: “I enjoy what I do and feel really proud to work with this amazing group of people.

“I also enjoy working with the sport more than ever. We’ve got great people running the sport, we’re having great conversations about the direction we’re going.

“I’m enjoying myself more than ever.”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the team's effort was great as they secured their first double podium of the season.

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the team’s effort was great as they secured their first double podium of the season.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the team’s effort was great as they secured their first double podium of the season.

Hamilton signed his contract at the start of 2021 and will be almost 39 years old by the end of it.

The seven-time world champion is still waiting for his first win of 2022, with Max Verstappen extending his title lead to 63 points over Charles Leclerc by winning Sunday’s race at Circuit Paul Ricard.

However, Hamilton’s second place was his best result of the season, while Mercedes also claimed their first double podium of 2022.

Can Hamilton continue? Rosberg’s verdict

Nico Rosberg believes his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton is

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Nico Rosberg believes his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton is “still motivated” and believes the 37-year-old will continue in Formula One for a few more seasons.

Nico Rosberg believes his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton is “still motivated” and believes the 37-year-old will continue in Formula One for a few more seasons.

2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg on Sky Sports News:

“It looks like he’s still in a good position and he’s enjoying this new challenge of having George by his side because it’s still as important to Lewis as ever to beat his team-mate.

“He’s still motivated so I can see him continuing, why not for a few more years?

“In terms of performance, look at Fernando Alonso. He is 40 years old and still riding at his best.”

Hamilton hails ‘amazing’ best result for 2022 | Merc “on the right track”

Hamilton hailed an “amazing result” at the French Grand Prix after scoring his best finish of the season in his landmark 300th F1 race.

Hamilton, starting fourth, enjoyed a great start on Sunday and then ran away from Red Bull’s Sergio Perez – until Charles Leclerc’s crash put him just behind Max Verstappen.

French Grand Prix highlights as Max Verstappen claimed his seventh win of the season ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

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French Grand Prix highlights as Max Verstappen claimed his seventh win of the season ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

French Grand Prix highlights as Max Verstappen claimed his seventh win of the season ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Although Hamilton couldn’t hang on to Verstappen, with Mercedes still unable to keep up with its rivals and still waiting for that elusive first win of the season, second place was his best for 2022 and continued his streak of the podium.

“What a day and a weekend,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. “I’m so proud of the team, it’s an amazing result.

“Winning races and getting results like this, that’s the whole package.

“Of course we know we don’t have the speed of the two teams up front, but reliability is a huge fundamental part of the process. I’m so proud of my team for having the reliability that we have.”

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